Orgeat Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Orgeat Cocktail is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It's a delightful blend of almond syrup, rum, and lime juice that creates a sweet and tangy flavor profile. This cocktail is often enjoyed by those who appreciate the nutty sweetness of almond and the refreshing zest of lime. It's a popular choice for summer gatherings and tropical-themed parties.

How Orgeat Tastes?

The Orgeat Cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and nutty flavors. The almond syrup provides a rich, sweet base, while the lime juice adds a tangy kick. The rum adds a strong, warming undertone that balances the sweetness and sourness of the other ingredients.

Interesting facts about Orgeat

  • The Orgeat Cocktail is named after the Orgeat syrup, a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water.
  • This cocktail is often garnished with a slice of lime or a cherry.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the Orgeat Cocktail is quite strong due to the presence of rum.


Orgeat Syrup (1.5 oz)

Orgeat syrup is the soul of this cocktail, offering a sweet, nutty essence with hints of almond and a touch of floral notes. Just right to sweeten the pot without overwhelming your taste buds. Ditch it, and you'll lose the heart of the drink. Mind your measures, because too much can lead to a sugar rush, while too little will leave your cocktail high and dry.

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Rum (1 oz)

Here's a little liquid sunshine—rum adds the kick and tropical vibes. Not too much, not too little, just the right punch to make the cocktail dance. Opt for a white rum for a smooth, subtle profile, or a dark rum for more depth and intensity. Without rum, it's like a beach without sand—you just shouldn't.

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Lime Juice (0.5 oz)

This is the zesty kick that balances everything out. Lime juice adds a refreshing tanginess that keeps the sweetness in check. Skimp on this, and you'll find yourself in a sticky situation. Too much can turn your drink into a pucker fest, while too little leaves it cloyingly sweet.

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Ice Cubes

Ice is the unsung hero that chills the scene. It keeps things cool and dilutes the mix to perfection. Forget the ice, and it's a warm handshake when you expected a cool high-five.

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Lime Slice & Cherry

The cherry on top—and yes, there's an actual cherry. The lime slice adds a final hint of citrus aroma and the cherry, well, it's the eye candy that sweetens the deal. Forget these, and it's not the end of the world, but your drink will be dressed down for sure.

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Recipe. How to make Orgeat Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Orgeat syrup, rum, and lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the cocktail.
  • Use a chilled glass for serving to keep the cocktail cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Charcuterie board: The nutty and sweet flavors of Orgeat harmonize with cured meats and cheeses.
  • Asian cuisine: Especially dishes with a sweet and sour profile complement the citrusy tang of the cocktail.
  • Seafood: Grilled shrimp or sushi pairs nicely with the refreshing quality of this drink.


  • Almond-based desserts: Enhance the almond essence found in the Orgeat.
  • Tropical fruit salads: The rum and lime juice blend well with fruits like mango and pineapple.
  • Citrus-based pastries: A lemon tart can echo the lime juice's citrus notes.

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What you could change in Orgeat

If you don't have Orgeat syrup, you can substitute it with almond syrup. If you prefer a less strong cocktail, you can reduce the amount of rum.

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The Nutty Mariner

  • Switch out white rum for spiced rum.
  • Add a dash of bitters.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Spice up the seas! The spiced rum will give the drink a warm, complex edge, and the bitters will add another layer of depth. Mint tops it off for a fresh aroma, and those sipping will feel like they're on an exotic adventure.

The Orchard Breeze

  • Substitute rum with apple brandy.
  • Replace lime juice with lemon juice.
  • Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Branch out into autumn! The apple brandy will bring a fruity roundness to the cocktail while lemon juice provides a slightly different tangy kick. Cinnamon adds a comforting spice that makes you think of crisp fall evenings, and each sip becomes a walk through an orchard.

The Amaretto Sunset

  • Use Amaretto in place of rum.
  • Incorporate a splash of orange juice.
  • Garnish with an orange twist instead of a lime slice.

Sweeten the horizon! Swapping rum for Amaretto injects a robust almond taste that complements the Orgeat syrup. The orange juice blends with the lime to create a citrus fusion, perfect for those sunsets when you want the drink in your hand to match the color of the sky.

In case you forgot basics how to make Orgeat

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Orgeat

What type of rum works best for the Orgeat Cocktail?

A white or light rum is typically used in Orgeat Cocktails, but feel free to experiment with dark or spiced rums for a unique, deeper flavor.

Can I use a different fruit garnish for the Orgeat Cocktail?

Yes, while a lime slice and a cherry are traditional, other fruit garnishes like a slice of orange or a pineapple chunk could also be used to add both visual interest and a different flavor note.

What other drinks can I make with Orgeat syrup?

Orgeat syrup is a common ingredient in many tropical and Tiki cocktails, including the Mai Tai and the Scorpion.

Why is it important to use a frosted glass when serving the Orgeat Cocktail?

A chilled or frosted glass helps keep your drink cooler for a longer period of time, enhancing the remaining sensory experience of the cocktail.

Can I make my own Orgeat syrup at home?

Yes, Orgeat syrup can be made at home by soaking almonds in water, blending the mixture, and then adding sugar and a small amount of orange flower water.

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